Earliest Known Generation for Wadlaw (Wadlow) - Hogan Line: William Wadlaw (Wadlow) + Rachel Love (born Maryland).
This is from the Allumbaugh family record, which mentions one child.
Children of William Wadlaw and Rachel Love:
Nancy Wadlaw (or Wadlow) Born: 15 October 1778 (Bible Record) in Maryland (Md. from three children’s 1880 Census records regarding parents State of birth). Died: 8 October 1853 (Bible Record) at an unknown location. Married: about 1798 to William Hogan of “Tennessee” (31 July 1777 to 12 February 1826 – Bible Record) Comments on the Wadlow and Wadley origins - There is only one family record stating the maiden name of Nancy (Wadlaw) Hogan (born 1778) was Wadlaw or Wadlau, and this came probably from B. Frank Allumbaugh about 1926 and was passed down to Gladys Allumbaugh in 1965. A recent review of this document suggests the last letter of the surname to be a lazy “w ” without its final notch. This same record also named her parents to be William Wadlaw and Rachel Love, born Maryland.
The Wadlaw surname is so rare that it surfaces only once in New Kent County, Virginia and was probably misspelled. Handwritten script for “a” and “o” is often confused, so that the Wadlow surname becomes a very real possibility. The spellings of Wadley, Wadleigh, and Waidley are included. In addition, information exists for a Wardlaw family in 1752-1761 Augusta County, Virginia; but no link has been found at this time.
Wadlow and Wadley migration and family lines both within and out of Maryland and Virginia are not understood. The Wadlow “heirs” of Sullivan County, Tennessee appear to be important players in the puzzle. The records below are a patchwork of findings and suggest that much more information does exist. The spelling of Wadlow seems to interchange with Wadley, and this is not understood. Until quality records – family, church, and governmental can be identified, Wadlow and Wadley members will be grouped by county until they can be separated into specific families and migration paths.
The following are early Wadlows and Wadleys in different counties - Names as Spelled in Records
MARYLAND: BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND
1746 Baltimore County, Will of Rowland Vine witnessed by William Wadlow, with two will dates given in abstract: 27 February 1746 and 29 December 1746.
1754 Baltimore County Deed extract, Liber B.B., No. 1, 1755-1757, page 23:
10 October 1754, “William Wadlo,” of Baltimore County, Maryland to William Dallam, of same, 400 pounds of tobacco, chattel goods; Signed “William Waldo.” Witnesses, William Bell and Ignatius Davis. From “Baltimore County, Maryland Deed Records, Volume III,” By John David Davis, 1996.
Comment: Davis’s extract gives the surname two spellings, but indexed as Wadlo. The original deed needs to be seen.
1768 Signers for the Removal of the County Seat to Baltimore Town: “William Wodley” From “Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-1774,” Henry C. Peden, Jr., 2000.
1773 List of Taxables taken in Mine Run Hundred, by George Lytle, Constable, 1773: “Francis Wodley,” “Samuel Wodley,” “John Woldley.” From “Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-1774,” Henry C. Peden, Jr., 2000.
Comment: Look below in the later Mine Run Hundred records, and if these Wodleys are Wadlow/Wadleys, then this is a significant find.
1776 Baltimore County, part of Maryland Census: Not yet seen, but only several Baltimore “Hundred” records may still exist.
1778 Baltimore County and/or Baltimore City – John Wadlow, non-Juror to oath of Allegiance. A 1/24.
1778 Baltimore County and/or Baltimore City – Samuel Wadlow, Oath of Allegiance a-1/24. (From Family Tree Maker’s Family Archives, CD #133, Maryland and Delaware Revolutionary Patriots 1775-1783)
1781 St. Paul’s Parish, Baltimore City: Elizabeth Wadley married Peter Clark on 4 July 1781 (Volume 1, page 38).
1783 Maryland Tax List - Saml. Wadlow, Mine Run Hundred, Baltimore County: 3 horses, 2 cattle, value 2.2; Value of other property 6; total amount 28.1. House rent – 7; value – 12; Number of white males – 1; Number of inhabitants 4.
Also Jno. Wadlow, Mine Run Hundred, Baltimore County: 2 horses, 2 cattle, value – 21. Value of other property 4.0; total amount 25.0; house rent –6; value – 3? Number of white males 4, Number of inhabitants – 6.
From Maryland Tax List 1783 – Baltimore County, Historic Publications – from the Collection of the Maryland Historical Society, 1970. Mine Run Hundred is in north-central Baltimore County.
1787 Birth of Hannah Wadley, daughter of Samuel and __ Wadley was recorded at St. James of My Lady’s Manor Parish of Manor, Baltimore County, Maryland: Birth date for Hannah Wadley is 24 August 1787. This church is near Monkton and Old York Roads and near the Baltimore and Harford County line. (From “Church Records of Maryland and Delaware 1600’s – 1800’s, CD 178 Family Tree Maker)
1790 U.S. Census of Baltimore County, page 217: John Wodly, 1 free white male 16+; 3 free white males <16; 2 free white females.
1800 U.S. Census of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Maryland, page 395. - John Wadly: 1 male 0-<10; 1 male 10-<16; 1 male + 1 female 16-<26; 1 male + 1 female 26-<45. (oldest male’s birth age would be between 1755 to 1774)
1808 Burial - Solomon Wadley was recorded at St. James of My Lady’s Manor of Manor, Baltimore County, Maryland. The burial date - 13 April 1808, at age 2 years and 3 months.
1810 U.S. Census of Baltimore County, Maryland - John Wadlow, Baltimore City, page 253, 3 males + 2 females 0-<10; 1 male 10-<16; 1 male 16-<26; 1 male + 1 female 26-<45. When combined with 1800 census gives the oldest male’s birth year 1765-1774, if this is reasonable.
Samuel Wadlow, Mine Run Hundred, 00101-12111, page 543: 1 female 0-<10; 2 females 10-<16, 1 male + 1 female 16-<26; 1 female 26-<45; 1 male + 1 female 45+ (birth before 1765).
1820 U.S. Census of Baltimore County, Maryland - Samuel Wadlow, Baltimore County, District 5, page 45: 1 female 0-<10; 2 males + 1 female 10-<16; 2 females 26-<45; 1 male + 1 female 45.
1830 U.S. Census of Baltimore County, Maryland - John Wadlow, Baltimore County, 6th Collection District, page 180: 1 male 15-<20; 1 male + 1 female 20-<30.
Also John Wadlow, Baltimore City (Independent City) Ward 12: 1 male 20<30; 1 male 40-<50; 1 male + 1 female 50-<60. (Oldest male’s birth is between 1770-1780.)
HARFORD COUNTY, MARYLAND
Established from Baltimore County in February 1774
1776 Maryland Census – As found in 15 August 1776, Harford County, Bush Lower Hundred, list of Inhabitants (which a census copy was made), from “Maryland Records,” by Gauis Marcus Brimbaugh, 1928, Volume 2:
Note: 1810 U.S. Census, North Ward, Philadelphia County, Pa. has a Moses Wadlow, page 29: 4 males + 1 female 0-<10; 1 male 10-<16; 1 female 16-<26; 1 male + 1 female 26-<45 (birth date 1765 to 1784). He is a tavern keeper and there is no evidence to suggest this is the same person at this time. John Polkowski found a Moses Wadlow record which gave a death date of 4/5/1837 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (e-mail 27 April 2003).
1776 John Wadlow, Association of Freeman, Signer 1776, Bush River Lower Hundred, (I-319). (From Family Tree Maker’s Family Archives CD #133, Maryland and Delaware Revolutionary Patriots 1775-1783)
1783 No Wadlows in Harford County, per census
1810 U.S. Census of Harford County, Maryland - Solomon Wadlow, page 131: 3 males + 1 female 0-<10; 1 male + 2 females 10-<16; 1 male + 1 female 26-<45 (birth 1765-1784).
1820 U.S. Census of Harford County, 5th District, Maryland, page 71 - Solomon Wadlow: 2 males 10-<16; 1 male 16-<18; 1 male + 3 females 16-<26; 1 male + 1 female 45+
1830 U.S. Census of Harford County, Dublin District; page 387: - Soloman Wadlow: 2 males + 3 females 20-<30; 1 male + 1 female 50-<60.
From “Index of the Maryland Genealogical Records Committee, Reports, NSDAR Library, 1996. The following are Wadlows and none are given dates. The sources are not available at the Burton Collection.
(From) Tombstone Records of Harford County, Maryland. Volume One:
MISCELLANEOUS MARYLAND RECORDS, NO COUNTY GIVEN
Index of the Maryland Genealogical Records Committee, Reports, NSDAR Library, 1996. Records from Miscellaneous Records of Maryland
WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Land Office Patents and Grants and Treasury Warrants for Virginia. Now Scott County, Virginia
9 May 1795: John Wadley, assignee of James Anderson, 140 acres “Treasury Warrant” in Washington County on the northeast side of Sarah Roberts survey on a south border of the North Fork of Reedy Creek, a north branch of Hostein River – line of Sarah Roberts, page 430, 9 May 1795. (Treasury Warrants source is from Washington County Surveyors Record – 1781-1797).
16 August 1797: John Wadley, assignee of James Anderson, Washington County, Virginia. Description: 100 acres in Washington County treasury warrant #10940 dated 12 February 1792, on the waters of Ready Creek, a north branch of Holstein River, corner to Fourst’s land. August 16, 1797, page 487. (From Washington County Surveyors Records – 1781-1797)
4 December 1798 Washington County, Virginia: John Wadlow, grantee. 30 acres on the waters of the North Fork of Main Holstein, adjoining his own land. This appears to be both a Land Grant and Treasury Warrant. Source: Land Office Grants No. 41, 1798-1799, page 29, Reel 107, Library of Virginia website. Treasury warrant for this land is dated 10 March 1797 (page 485).
8 April 1800 Washington County, Virginia: John Wadley, grantee. 97 acres on the Blockhouse Branch, a water of the North Fork of Holstein River adjoining Margaret Venus. Source: Land Office Grants No. 43, 1799-1800, page 596, Reel 109.
25 October 1802 Washington County, Virginia: John Wadlow, grantee. 50 acres on the waters of Reedy Creek adjoining the land of Low and Anderson: Source: Land Office Grants No. 51, 1802-1803, page 119, reel 117.
4 November 1800 Washington County, Virginia: Francis Wadlow, grantee. 50 acres on the waters of Reedy Creek: Source: Land Office Grants No. 46, 1797-1801, page 394, reel 112.
4 November 1800 Washington County, Virginia: Wadley, William, grantee. 200 acres on the dividing ridge between the waters of the North Fork of Holstein River and Reedy Creek on the Block House. Source: Land Office Grants No. 46, 1797-1801, page 389, reel 112.
3 November 1802 Washington County, Virginia: John Smith, grantee. 73 acres on the waters of the North Fork of Holstein River adjoining “William Wadlow,” and the Widow Venus. Source: Land Office Grants No. 51, 1802-1803, page 188, reel 117.
5 April 1805 Washington County, Virginia: Larkey, James, grantee. 50 acres on both sides of Margaret Venus’s Spring Branch. Source: Land Office Grants No. 54, 1804-1806, page 124, reel 120.
First Surveys of Land in Washington County, Virginia. These surveys should belong to the above lands. (From “Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769-1800,” by Lewis Preston Summers, 1929.)
1. 9 May 1795, John Wadley, 140 acres, South Branch North Fork Reedy Creek
2. 28 July 1797, John Wadlow, 30 acres, North Fork Main Holston
3. 10 August 1797, John Wadley, 100 acres Reedy Creek.
Comment: If these lands were sold, it would be interesting to see if the first name of their wives were included as grantors. Matching a wife’s first name to each of these Wadlows would be a great help.
1806 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists: John Wadley (other years do exist but not yet seen)
GOOCHLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA
1731: John Woodson sold to Thomas Wadley 200 acres of land on 15 November 1731 on the north side of the James River, Deed Book #1, plate 289.
1734: Deed Book #2, Goochland County: 16 September 1734 John Woodson to Robert Adams 250 acres on branches of Tuckahoe and Dover Mill Creek next to 200 acres sold to Thomas Wadlow.... (From John Polkowski 3/2003) Comment: The description of the land suggests it to be the northeast corner of Goochland County.
1736: Thomas Wadlow, constable. Thomas Wadloe – grand jury.
1737: Estate of Benoni Alsup, attachment of debt: 5 April 1737, signed: Thos. (“T” his mark) Wadlow.
1744: Inventory of Benjamin Johnson 21 June 1744. Signed: (includes) Thomas (signed “T”) Wadlow
1746: Deeds, Volume ? Page 233. 25 September 1746. Matthew Collings to Thomas Wodlow. Also inventory of Robert Burton. Signed: (includes) Thos. Wadloe.
1748: Inventory of John Hix, 9 July 1748. Signed” (includes) Thos. Wodlow. (Above information is from unidentified source books.)
17 June 1760: Marriage of John Laprade to Susanna Wadlow, sc. William Miller. Letter of Thomas Wadlow, father of Susanna.
17 March 1763: Marriage of Peyton Smith, Jr., of Henrico County, to Judith Wadlow, daughter of Thomas Wadlow, sec. John Farrar and Robert Couthorn. Register of St. James Northam Parish, Goochland County shows names Peyton Smith and Judith Wadley, both of this Parish. Judith’s husband, Peyton T. Smith (1745-1806), was a Virginia Patriot Soldier in the American Revolution. Peyton is buried in Rural Graveyard at Baldwin, Georgia.
6 November 1766. Marriage of Peter Walker and Sarah Wadley, both in the Parish. Register of St. James Northam Parish, Goochland County.
9 April 1767. Marriage of William Wadlow to Mary Womock. Letter of Rev. Wm Douglas certifying to marriageable ages of contracting parties. Witn. By Meredith Price and John Lapliade.
1772-73: Thomas Wadlow has a will and administrations in Goochland County, Virginia - Deed Book 10, 1769-1775, pages 319-320 and 366-367
Will of Thomas Wadlow
“Thomas Wadlow of Goochland County being in perfect health and sound memory, thanks to God for the same do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Viz:
First I give to my living wife Martha Wadlow the feather bed and furniture she now lies on, and one large leather trunk to her and her heirs forever. I also send to he my said wife Martha, one third part of all my estate during her natural life and after her decease to be equally divided amongst my five daughters, namely, Elizabeth, Eady, Sarah, Judeth, and Susanna and their legal representatives. I give to my son William Wadlow fifty shillings and money to him and his heirs forever. My will is that all the rest of my Estate not before (missing page corner) representatives except I should sell my land in my life time. Also my will and desire is that all that part falling to my daughter Sarah by the above division of my estate be held in the custody of my Executors. And be part to interest the sole use and benefit of her my said daughter and to be at her disposal and never to be the right of her husband Peter Walker. I appoint Payton Smith, and John Laprad my executors of this my last will and testament...my hand and seal this 9th day of April 1772. Signed ‘Thomas (his ‘T’ mark) Wodlow,” seal.” Witnesses: William Miller, Margart. Miller, Henry Miller.
At a Court held for Goochland County, 15 March 1773, this writing was proved by the oaths of the Witnesses heretofore be the last will and Testament of Thomas Wadlow, dec’d. Thereupon admitted to record. Teste. Val. Wood__.
At a court held for Goochland County 19 July 1773, this account of the sale of the Estate was presented in Court by the Executor, and on his motion admitted to Record. Val: Wood__. (An extensive list of inventory preceeds this including 13 pigs and hogs, 4 cattle, 2 horses, 14 geese, 3 slaves named Buck, Hannah, and Jenny.
1773: Martha Wadlow – Plaintiff (with Hicks, Hix, Laprades surnames) versus Executor of Thomas Wadlow (with Smith, Turpin, Wadlow surnames). Index only - No details requested. (Chancery Records Index, Library of Virginia, local reel number 1773-005.
1782: Henry Harris, (with Smith Turpin, Wadlow surnames) – Plaintiff versus Martha Wadlow, etc. Index only - No details. Chancery Records Index, Library of Virginia local reel number 1782-005.
May 1774, 1778 - 1780, 1782 - 1783 and 1785: Mary Farrar, wife of John Farrar, contested the will of her father, Thomas Wadlow, who left her out of his will. Her husband’s first letter of complaint causes confusion when the name of Mary’s father was incorrectly identified as John Woodlow. Mary’s husband, John Farrar, claimed Thomas Wadlow promised him part of his estate if he would marry his daughter Mary. At first, this complaint to the Chancery Court was ignored by Martha, wife of Thomas Wadlow, children (named Elizabeth, Edey, Sarah, Judith, Susanna and William) and Wadlow’s executor (John Leprad), and the court ordered the Sheriff to bring them to court. At another point in time, a mistrial was declared, possibly over the accusation that the claimant’s witness, John Ferguson, was drunk from cider at the time of the alleged conversion. The Estate of Thomas Wadlow was described having a plantation of 320 acres. On 26 August 1785, the Court was of the opinion that Mary Farrar, widow of John Farrar (alive in 1783 court action), was entitled to part of the estate of her father, Thomas Wadlow. From Chancery Records of Farrar versus Executors of “John” Wadlow, etc; Library of Virginia local reel number 1785-013.
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
25 June 1780 Pittsylvania County, Virginia Grant: William Wadlow, grantee, 300 acres on Beens Creek adjoining Chadwell and etc. Source: Land office Grants 1, 1779-1780, Volume 1 and 2, page 1-685, page 523, reel 42. Available of microfilm.
Virginia State Land Office, Grants A-Z, 1-124, reels 42-190; Virginia State Land Office, Grants 125-, reels 369.
1787 Pittsylvania County, Virginia tax records lists “William Wadlow” with no males, 16-<21; 3 blacks <16; 6 horses, mares, colts, and mules; and 10 cattle.
1789 Pittsylvania County Personal Tax List: William Wadlow, 2 whites above 10; 3 blacks above 16, and 8 horses.
1790 Pittsylvania County, Virginia tax lists “William Wadlow” with 2 white soles, 1 dwelling, and 6 other buildings.
1 November 1791: “William Wadlow” has a Pittsylvania County, Virginia will and “pr” on 20 July 1795. “Pr” is thought to mean probate.
Will of William Wadlow
Written 1st November 1791 Proved 20th July 1795
William Wadlow being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory. To my dear loving wife Mary, all the land and all other estate to do with as she thinks proper. (signed) William (x) Wadlow. Witnesses: Stephan Cornwell, Alice Church, Jonathun Montg. Church. Mary Wadlow is executrix. (From “Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills 1767-1820,” by Lela C. Adams, 1986.
1800 Pittsylvania County, Va. Personal Tax List: Mary Wadlow, 0 whites, 1 black above 16, 4 blacks 12-16, 3 horses.
ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA
1634, Court records of Accomack County: John Wadlow of Accomac, mariner, aged 24 years, testified in the suit brought by Philip Taylor against Captain Scarborough. Comment: Date seems suspiciously early and needs to be confirmed.
1693: “John Wallop (Wadlow)” has the a long winded will recorded in Accomack County, proved 19 September 1693, reel 5, pages 18, 18a, 19, 19a, 20) – extracted information from original which has top and bottoms of pages cut off or unreadable:
Will of John Wallop, alias Wadlow
In the name of God amen, I, John Wallop alias Wadlow of Accomack County in Virginia being well in health and of a sound and perfect mind and memory ...make this my last will and testament...bequeath to son Skinner Wallop alias Wadlow...(and) daughter Sarah Wallop alias Wadlow (various property including) smith’s shop, weaver shop, sixty foot tobacco house, tobacco pipe molds, 2000 or 2500 acres of land of Recotanik Island situated on the seaboard side in Accomack County, guns, swords, copper still, surveying instruments, carpenter tools, slaves named Black Sara, Hagers, and Nanna, more than 30 horses and 30 cattle.
The “Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer” shows a Wallop Island in Accomack County. This is now a NASA Center and a Wallop’s Island National Wildlife refuge.
Albemarle County, Virginia
1751-1755: William Cabell (1730-1798) had an execution book bearing receipts between 1751-1755. Recorded on page one is a deed of William Wadlow to William Cabell xe "Cabell, William" for a horse and witnessed by Lee Harris. During this period of time, Cabell was a deputy sheriff in Albemarle County, Virginia, but actual location of sale not listed (Page 1 of execution book).
New Kent County, Virginia
1702 – “Thomas Wadlaw” soldier, New Kent County, 4 July 1702. From “Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers,“ by Lloyd D. Bockstruck, 1988, page 218. xe "Wadlaw, Thomas"
Comment: New Kent Court House records no longer exist before 1820.
EARLY SULLIVAN COUNTY, TENNESSEE
18 March 1783 Sullivan County Deed Book #1-2 Abstracts (1775-1785), page 657. xe "Cole, Joseph (Snr.)"Joseph Cole, Senior, of Sullivan County sells to Elisha Cole 263 acres on the waters of Beaver Creek, beginning on the north side of the creek. Adjacent Wadley’s heirs. This land was registered 16 April 1794.
Comment: What is this deed and subsequent deeds trying to tell us? What do “heirs” mean? Is this another case of the strange Tennessee law that doesn’t require heirs to record their newly inherited land until the land is finally sold? Could this be the case for the Wadley heirs? Is their mother still alive? If so, why wasn’t the land recorded in her name here and in the deeds to follow? Why wasn’t she an heir or is she also dead?
6 November 1788 Sullivan County Deed Book #1-2 Abstracts 1775-1785, page 88: Henry Mawke and Eve, his wife, of Sullivan County, North Carolina to Alexander Berry of Sullivan County, North Carolina, 200 acres in Sullivan County, North Carolina on North side of Holston River in the Island flats, near the wagon road adjacent Pendleton’s patent line and David Wadley. xe "Wadley, David" (Note – Island flats refer to lands adjacent Long Island in the Holston River, south of Kingsport, which was a battlefield in 1776)
7 October 1791 Sullivan County, Territory of Tennessee Deed Book 3 (1795-1802+), page 128 abstracts (Index lists xe "Wadlow, William"William Wadlow, grantee): xe "Cole, Joseph (Snr.)"Joseph Cole, Sr. sells to William Waddell, Thomas Waddle, Daniel Wadlow, John Wadlow, Samuel Wadlow, deed of warranty, dated 7 October 1791, amount of land not stated, in Sullivan County, Beaver Creek where Heirs now live. Witnesses: Joseph Wallace, Robert Whitzel. Registered 1 September 1797.
Comment: Are we seeing this October 1791 deed of the “Heirs” BEFORE the William Wadlow’s will was filed November 1791 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia (and later probated in 1795)? Are these two different dead Wadlows?
17 April 1804 and registered 26 May 1804 Sullivan County abstract (by Mrs. John Vinyard): John Steer xe "Steer, John" (Steers, Starr) and John Wadlow, xe "Wadlow, John" 50 acres Washington County, Commonweath of Virginia on the waters of Reedy Creek. Witnesses John Anderson, Samuel Rose. Deed Book 4, page 589
20 March 1804 Sullivan County Deed Book #3 (1795-1802+), Deed Book Volume 4, p. 673 abstracts: William Wadlow sells to Thomas Wadlow, John Wadlow, Samuel Wadlow, 20 acres of said tract in Sullivan County, Tennessee conveyed from Joseph Cole, Senior to Heirs of William Wadlow, deceased, and said William Wadlow do hereby convey my part of said land to the said Thomas, John, and Samuel Wadlow and their heirs. Registered 1 February 1806.
22 November 1805 Sullivan County Deed Book Abstracts, Book Volume 4, page 673. Thomas Wadlow, Daniel Wadlow, John Wadlow, Samuel Wadlow, all of Sullivan County sell to Joseph Rhea 100 acres for $450 in Sullivan County, Tennessee, said tract of land was granted by Joseph Cole to Thomas Wadlow, William Wadlow, John Wadlow, and Samuel Wadlow, heirs of William Wadlow, deceased, unto Thomas Wadlow, Daniel Wadlow, John Wadlow, Samuel Wadlow. Now this indenture sells the land to Joseph Rhea. Executed November 1805 session. Registered 2 December 1805. (On a website listing, Robert A. Wadley, stated that the recorded deed changed Thomas, Daniel, John, and Samuel’s last name to Wadley at the bottom of the document! This information was not conveyed in the abstract version)
4 November 1811: The following is from Sullivan County Deed Book indexes: John Wadlow...State of Tennessee...100 acres...4 November 1811...Deed Book 6, page 339.
18 February 1825: Deed of John W. Wadlow to Augustine Bishop, 20 acres in Sullivan County, Tennessee, adjoining Calvin Jones. Reedy Creek. Acknowledged by John W. Wadlow. Registered 15 March 1825. Extract from Sullivan County Deed Book 10, page 130.
Sullivan County Tax Lists:
1796, 1797: Thomas Wadley
1812: Holly Wadley
1837: David Wadlow, District No. 10, Indian Springs, Chestnut Ridge, Arcadia Comment: Sullivan County Courthouse Tax Records have only 1796, 1797, 1812, 1837, with the next being 1877. Early deeds exist, but there are no early court or marriage records of any kind, making this a very hard county to research.
Possible Location Of Lands In Washington County (Va.) And Sullivan County (Tn.)
In Washington County, Virginia (now Scott County), some of the land was on the waters of the North Fork of Holston River, with branches described as the Blockhouse and Spring. The North Fork of the Holston River runs northeast from Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee for great many miles. These branches have not yet been found, but “Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer (DeLorme),” does show a “Venus Branch.” One land grant does mention land adjoining “Margaret Venus.” If this is the correct creek, then the Washington County lands are about 6 miles north of the center point of Kingsport, with its headwaters almost touching the Tennessee-Virginia border.
“North branch” of the Holston River is probably not the North Fork, but rather a branch on the north side of the river. There is a Reedy Creek which empties into the South Fork of the Holston River in downtown Kingsport with its longest branch of about 20 miles ending near Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee. One of its northern branches does cross into Virginia for four or so miles. The U.S. Geological Survey index does not list any Reedy Creek for the North Fork of Holston River, but older maps could prove otherwise.
Beaver Creek of the South Branch of the Holston River is further east in Sullivan County and its longest branch has headwaters also near Bristol.
The closest distance between Venus Branch in old Washington County, Virginia to waters of Reedy Creek in Sullivan County, Tennessee is a single ridgeline. Venus Branch to Beaver Creek is a minimum of 10 miles. According to John Polkowski, there is a Wadlow Gap along the Wilderness Trail near Weber City, Scott County, Virginia (e-mail 24 April 2003).
Early Sullivan County History
The Forks of the Holston, Long Island and Reedy Creek of the South Fork of the Holston suffered from Indian fighting in 1769, 1774, 1776, nearby in 1783. Area Indian killings ceased about 1795. Also complicating the stability was an inflow of displaced Loyalists and lawlessness. A “Great Road” for these earliest travelers followed along Reedy Creek between today’s Kingsport and Bristol. Somewhere along the waters of this creek was the very early King’s Fort and King’s Mill (perhaps 1771-1775), which in 1773 was reported to have the first schoolteacher in Tennessee.
Slightly southeast of Long Island was the military Fort Patrick Henry, established 1776. No Wadlows, Wadleys, or Hogans were listed on its 1776 roster of soldiers (Draper Manuscript Collection). Later lists have not been seen, but might be interesting. Lands north of the South Branch of the Holston River (within present-day Tennessee) were administered by Botetourt County, Virginia in 1769-1772, Fincastle County, Virginia in 1772-1776 and Washington County, Virginia in 1776 to, perhaps, 1780.
Between 1784-1788, Sullivan Territory joined with several adjacent counties to form the independent and (Lost) State of Franklin. A December 1787 petition by its citizens requested entry into the United States as the State of Franklin. Two Hogans signed, but there are no Wadlows or Wadleys. Franklin’s only governor, John Sevier, was arrested in 1788 and put on trial
Rutherford County, Tennessee
Richard Wright was appointed overseer of the road from the cross path from John Adcocks to William Vincents to the county line; the following hands work under him: Samuel Wadley, Daniel Wadley (date missing). (From “Pioneers of Rutherford County, Tennessee – Abstracts of County Court Minutes 1804-1810,” by Carol Wells)
January 1812 deed extract: Thomas Nash to Jno. Wadley for 100 acres. This indenture made January 1812 between Thomas Nash of Rutherford County and John Wadley of same place for a tract of land in Rutherford County lying on the waters of Stones River in the Second District, 4th Range and 8th Section...to a sugar tree the dividing corner between the heirs of Henry Wiggin and John B. Evans in the west boundary lines of a 640 acre tract entered in the name of Howell Tatum and Wiggins running thence. Witnesses D (illegable) Thos. Nash. Registered January term 1812. (Page 147, Doc No. 109)
1814 Will of Mary Whitnel
“In the Name of God Amen, I, Mary Whitnel of the County of Rutherford and State of Tennessee, being Old and Sick but of perfect Memory, thank God for it, Do make this my last will and testament in Manner and form following to wit, - First I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Wadley all my Cattle, my Mare and all my household furniture and my wearing Clothes to her and her heirs forever, excepting one case, I bequeath to my son Daniel Wadley, also out of the same Estate I give and bequeath to my son John Wadley one Cow, also I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Wadley one Cow, I also give and bequeath to my son Thomas Wadley one Dollar to be paid out of my Estate. I also give and bequeath to my son William Wadley one Dollar to be paid out of my Estate, Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Lenarisa Wadley one Dollar , also I give and bequeath to my daughter Elander Wadley one Dollar, And I do hereby utterly disallow all and every other will or wills notifying and conforming this to be my last will and Testament, and herby appoint Thomas Nash to be my Executor. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal, this Eighth day of January 1814, signed sealed and pronounced as my last will in presence of: Thomas F. Sikes, Jesse Sikes.” Signed Mary (her “X” mark) Whitnel (From Rutherford County probate, roll no. 259, Book 2, 1804-1814, page 288.)
1819 Deed extract: Jno and Wm Donelson to Samuel Wadly for Deed: This indenture made 20 February 1819 between John Donelson and William Donelson of Davidson County, Tennessee and Samuel Wadly of Rutherford County, for a tract of land in Rutherford County near the head of the west fork of Stones Rivers and being...containing 80 acres.
The Wadley surname is reported to exist in Rutherford County to present times.
Early Census/Tax Records For Rutherford County, Tennessee
1810 U.S. Census and Rutherford County tax lists:
1810 U.S. Census of Rutherford County, page 22: John Wadley, 1 female 0-<10; 1 female 10-<16; 1 male + 1 female 16-<26; 1 female 45+ and also 1810 county tax list. This makes his birth date 1784 to 1796. Notice that there is a female 45+ and this may be Mary Whitnel.
Samuel Wadley, 1810 Rutherford County tax + U.S. census, page 21: 1 male + 1 female 0-<10; 1 male + 1 female 16-<26. This makes Samuel’s birth date 1784-1796.
David Wadley, 1810 Rutherford County tax list
1820 U.S. Census of Rutherford County: Daniel Wadley (p. 96): 4 females + 1 male 0-<10; 1 male 10-<16; 2 males and 1 female 16-<26; 1 male + 1 female 26-<45. Note: one website listing indicates his birth to be 1776 Maryland.
William Wadley, Junr. (p. 104): 1 female 0-<10; 1 male + 1 female 16-.26.
Comment about Wm. Wadley, Jr: If this is correct, this is another eye-opener. His father, William Sr. would be born circa 1770’s or perhaps slightly later. But there is a William Wadley in 1810 and 1820 Hardin County, Kentucky, born about 1765-1775, and would seem unlikely to be the father. Could there be two William Wadleys born between 1765 and 1783?
Samuel Wadley (p. 105): 6 males 0-<10; 1 female 10-<16; 1 male 16-<26; 1 male + 1 female 26-<45.
(also a Samuel Wadley family in 1820 Hickman County, Tn: 1 female 0-<10; 1 male + 1 female 16-<26.
Early Tax Records For Washington County, Tennessee (This is not Washington County, Virginia).
Washington County, Tennessee tax lists were reviewed for Hogans and Wadlows: Little is found during the earliest years.
1778, 1779, 1785 – no Hogans, Wadlows or Wadleys found here
1790 – Arthur Hagon
1792, 1793 – not here
1794 – James Hogen, Barney Barney – 200 acres
1795 – Arthur Hagan 175 acres
1796, 1798 - not here
1799 – Samuel Wadlee
1801 – not here. Not searched thereafter.
Early Tax Records For Sumner County, Tennessee
William Wadley, Sumner County tax list, 1816.
U.S. Census Of Tennessee For Wadleys
1850 Bedford County, Tennessee, page 359 handwritten, page 180 printed: John Wadley 65, Farmer, Virginia; Mary Wadley 65, South Carolina; Thomas 20, Tennessee
1850 Henderson County, Tennessee, page 150 printed, District 6, 2 October 1850 - Daniel W (?) Wadly 74, farmer, Md; Martha Wadly 71, S.C; Daniel S Wadly 28, Tn; Martha Wadly 7, Tn; Jefferson W. Wadly 4, Tn
Also on same page are the families of:
1. William Wadly 50, farmer, Tn; Amanda Wadly 45 N.C. and children
2. Daniel M.Wadly 22 Tn; Minerva Wadly 21, Tn. and children
3. David O. N. Wadly 38, Sarah Wadly 35, and family
4. Matilda Wadly 20 N.C. and family
5. John Wadly 45 Kentucky; Matilda Wadly 44 and family
6. William Wadly 23 Tn; Elizabeth L.(?) Wadly, 18
1850 Henry County, Tennessee, page hand-written 675, printed page 538. 11th Civil District: John Wadly 70, Tn; Mary Wadly 60 Georgia; Thomas Wadly 23, Tn.
1850 Hickman County, Tennessee, hand-written page 96: Thomas Wadley 57 (51?), Tn; Elizabeth Wadley 30 Tn; Francis Wadley 17 (m) Tn; Willis Wadley 12 Tn; Nancy Wadley 11 Tn; James Wadley 8 Tn; William Wadley 6 Tn; Narcissa Wadley 4 Tn; Edward Wadley 2 Tn.
1850 Madison County, Tennessee, handwritten page 709, printed page 355: Samuel Wadly 52, farmer, Tn; Susan Wadly 52, N.C; Paralee Wadly, 19, Tn; Sarah L. Wadly 16, Tn; Mary J. Wadly 13, Tn; William R. Wadly 10, Tn; James Wadly 2, Tn
(next house) John B. Wadly 24 Tn; Sarah Wadly 22 Tn; Jessie T. Wadly 2 Tn.
1850 Rutherford County, Tennessee, handwritten page 459; printed 230 - Samuel Wadley, 66, farmer Tennessee; Susan Wadley 55 Tennessee; Susan Wadley Jr. 17 Tennessee.
Moses B. Wadley 40, Tn; Rebeckah Wadley 35 Tn; William S. Wadley 16 Tn. Susan Wadley 14 Tn; James E. Wadley 13, Tn.
1880 U.S. Census for District 7, Bedford County, Tennessee, page 253D – Moses B. Wadley, 70 farmer, born Tn, parents born Tn. Lucretia Wadley 41, Tn, Al, Ga. Jno Alexd. Wadley 13, Tn; William Edward Wadley 7, Tn.
CENSUS AND OTHER RECORDS FOR EARLY KENTUCKY
Frances Wadley: 19 September 1804 Kentucky Land Grant on Cave Creek, Livingston County, Kentucky, 100 acres - book #29
Comment: Notice how far west in Kentucky that this county is.
William Wadley: 1810 U.S. Census of Hardin County: 3 males + 1 female 0-<10; 1 male + 1 female 10-<16; 1 male + 1 female 26-<45. Suggests his birth date between 1765-1784.
William Wadley: 1820 U.S. Census of Hardin County: 1 male + 1 female 0-<10; 1 male + 1 female 10-<16; 1 male 16-18; 2 males + 1 female 16-<26; 1 male + 2 females 45+. Combined with 1810 census, his birth date narrows to 1765-1775.
CENSUS RECORDS FOR MISSOURI
Francis Wadley, 1830 U.S. Census of Callaway County, page 57: 1 male 0-<5; 3 males 5-<10; 1 male and 1 female 10-<15; 1 male 20-<30; 1 male 30-<40; 1 male and 1 female 40-<50.
1830 U.S. Census of Callaway County, page 79: John Wadley, 1 female 15-<20; 1 male 20-<30
David Wadley, 1830 U.S. Census of Cooper County, page 208: 2 males + 2 females 0-<5; 1 male + 1 female 20-<30.
1880 U.S. Census of Cass Township, Greene County, Missouri: Wesley Wadlow age 82, farmer, born Virginia, parents both born Maryland. And family.
John Polkowski reports Wesley Wadlow’s full name to be John Wesley Wadlow (17 December 1797 to 11 December 1880). Married 1st to Mary Hastings (27 January 1820-12 December 1854) and 2nd to Mary Ann Lethco (28 March 1829 Richland County, N.C. to 13 March 1909). His parents were John Wadlow and Mary Arnold (born Maryland).
CENSUS RECORDS FOR ARKANSAS
1880 U.S. Census for Mountain Township, Washington County, Arkansas, page 610c: David Wadlow 67, farmer, born Tn, parents born Md; Mary Wadlow 55, wife, born Ky, parents born Ky. Mary E. Wadlow 23, daughter, Missouri.
1880 U. S. Census of Bear Creek Township, Lee County, Arkansas, page 657c: William Wadley 65, farm laborer, born Ky, parents born Md; Wilborn Wadley 25, Ark, Jacob Wadley 14, Ark.
1880 U.S. Census of Albany Township, Nevada County, Arkansas, page 500a: Archebald Wadley 62, born Tn, parents born N.C; Martha E. Wadley 57, Tn; father Pa. mother N.C; Henrietta Wadley 19 Ar; Martha E. 16 Ar;
1880 U.S. Census of Harrison Township, Boone County, Arkansas, page 534C: Daniel S. Wadley, 57, Tn, parents born Tn; Alcy J. Wadley, wife, 54, Tn, parents born Tn; Manda P. Wadley 18, Mo; Daniel M. Wadley 14, Ky.
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